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  1. Finished up shoveling 3 driveways and helped with a 4th. 10" of snow from 6am until 1:30pm. Read where there was "thunder snow" just west of here. Great winter to have the snowblower die Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to produce a fabulous tutorial on how he make his beautiful bullet pens. Lots of pictures and very detailed step by step instructions! Please check this one out and leave some feedback for Dan and all his hard work! @Ron Altier posted a question about drilling holes lengthwise through long pieces. Several of our members offered suggestions and ideas on various procedures. Maybe you have an idea that would help Ron. Check out his post- Ron also posted a beautiful new ornament he finished- Ron posted more about the piece here- @hawkeye10 asked our turners a question about dried wood for turning. He is considering the purchase of a bowl blank and was inquiring about how long it would take to dry. Our members provided lots of information and suggestions. The blank looked like- Check out his post- The woodturning club, which @Gerald is a member, hosted turner Jimmy Clewes. According to Gerald, it was well worth the wait! New Patriot member @doublej posted some of his woodworking projects. Not only is Joe an accomplished woodworker, he is also a very talented turner. He posted a picture of a bowl he turned- Checkout his complete post here- Woodturners and woodworkers seem to share one common characteristic. We are our own worst critics. Member @Steve Krumanaker recently posted a video where he critiques a beautiful natural edge, walnut bowl. Steve points out "flaws" that no one else would probably see. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Looking down the road- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Carl Jacobson posted a video about making a pepper grinder. What is nice about this particular grinder kit is that it doesn't require complex drilling operations. Carl demonstrates lots of lathe techniques that can be used on many other turned projects. Expand Your Horizons- In a previous "Wednesday's..." we posted a Capt. Eddie video on cutting/chasing wooden threads. Recently turner Sam Angelo posted a video which included a demonstration of wooden threads. The video is set to begin at the threading operation but you can certainly watch and enjoy the entire project New Turning Items- Our friends from Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator at a very reasonable price. More information and pricing is available at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/sundstrom-pro-pack-sr100-respirator-kit Everything Else- I haven't any turning time available but I did make a couple of cones to use with my new Easy Wood Tools live center. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a piece of what I think is cherry. It least that's what is smells like when it is cut. It is quite dense. Anyway, that's what these are made from- Safe turning
  2. It might be a little late to call the florist and order flowers- tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Showed us another gorgeous ornament- CHeck out his description in his post. Also notice his cool spray booth! @HandyDan and @DAB have been collaborating on bullet pens. These pens are spectacular and reasonably priced! See more about how they came out- @hawkeye10 asked our turners for input on Longworth and Cole jaw chucks. The thread ended up including input on vacuum chucks, as well. Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a video showing us that turned wooden bowls can, in fact, be run through the dishwasher with no ill effects. Thanks Steve for the well documented instructions- @FlGatorwood reminded us of a new, monthly turning newsletter. Some of our members have signed up and looking forward to the new publication. Thanks, Steve! What’s Coming Up- Look for our friends from Easy Wood Tools! Click on the above image to link to more information. For The Newbies- Seems like the YouTube turner's have all been discussing various aspects of the scroll chuck. This one from Capt. Eddie has some good information as well- @hawkeye10 posted a link to a video geared towards turning your first bowl. Lots of good stuff in the video. The author even provided a "timeline table of contents" to help the viewer locate specific details of the turning operations. Although a little long, it's worth a look. One thing that caught my eye, that I do differently, is to use a spindle washer when mounting a chuck or faceplate. The torque, when turning a bowl, can really jam these onto the headstock threads. Expand Your Horizons- I've seen several ways to add "threads" to a vessel to allow a lid to be screwed into place. Capt. Eddie has a 2 part video showing how to cut/chase threads directly into the wood. Although the process requires special tools, those tools will work on most vessels. Part 2 is linked from Capt. Eddies YouTube page. New Turning Items- If you are considering doing variable pitch spiral flutes, here's a new piece of equipment that might work for you- https://flutemasters.com/variable-pitch-tool-by-flute-master/ Everything Else- The new Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. Read the entire issue at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Rick Turns uploaded his list of woodturning videos for January- Safe turning
  3. Busy week with substituting and Mom errands so not really much shop time. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted some fantastic pens he created from shell casings and inexpensive click pens. These are real beauties! Dan received lots of great comments on this one! Dan also showed us another inside-out vase he made along with a description of how he overcame a problem. @Ron Altier asked for our advice on a turning that has him stumped. Please head over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- The Woodworking Shows will be in Collinsville, IL this weekend February 8 thru 10. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools will be there! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has been posting videos on various aspects of the scroll chuck. In this recent video he examines different methods of Reverse Chucking a bowl. He includes several shop made devices. The reverse chuck allows the turner to finish the outside bottom of a bowl. Expand Your Horizons- @Gene Howe sent me a link to this video on turning a "square" bowl. The author of the video spends some time at the start showing how to make wooden faceplates. These make excellent glue/waste blocks. Another method- with less work- is to get a tap that matches the headstock threads and cut threads directly into the wooden block. New Turning Items- I think I had mentioned this in the past but didn't really have any hands on experience with it. I spent my Christmas cash and this came today! I really like the versatility of this center. First, there is the ability to adjust the length of the center "point". It can be buried in the center and used as a cup center or adjusted to any length up to about 1". The longer, small diameter point lets the tools get closer to the center of the turning. The point is secured with a standard Allen wrench (included). Next is the threaded section for the addition of accessories like cones or larger point- both available from ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) The threads are 3/4 x 10 standard threads so a tap would be easy to get to create your own accessories. I made my own tap, for wooden accessories, from a bolt and Dremel tool. Of course, as with all Easy Wood Tool products it is made in the good ol' U. S. of A. Everything Else- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a handy kitchen item- a paper towel holder. Tim's videos are always enjoyable and great learning tools. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel- Safe turning
  4. Sitting here looking at the thermometer. Not too bad +6° F. Not sure what the wind chill is currently but the Dog and the Mrs. are curled up on the couch under a couple of blankets. The mail was stopped today and local schools are closed tomorrow. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan made a really nice modification to his lathe. His idea was to modify the spindle stop to make it more accessible- Dan explains why and how he did this in his post- @Gerald is working on a pecan bowl. His post shows us how he is adding color to the wood- Gerald has more information about the colors he used and more pictures in his post- Gerald also mentioned that he had been to the Tennessee Association of Woodturners symposium. @Ron Altier showed us a new seam ripper he made for his wife- Ron describes what he did here- @IrishWoodCarver has turned a couple of beautiful segmented bowls. He tells us where he gets his bowl blanks in his post- @FlGatorwood gave us a heads up on a good price for SlimLine Pen kits from Rockler. Thanks for the information! Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a 2 part video on YouTube showing us how he made the "Knitting Nancy" snowmen. Very interesting process! The link for part 2 can be found at Steve's YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48jUuQ_rLe85ulKP8gCsmA What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- For the past couple of Wednesdays we have mentioned inertia sanders. Mike Peace recently reviewed one from Woodturners Wonders. Mike also continued his discussion on scroll chucks and the various jaws that are available- One other tidbit of information from Mike Peace. He has authored an article in the latest edition the the AAW magazine. His article is about wet sanding. It's a great primer for his YouTube videos on the subject. Expand Your Horizons- Not every turning has to have a high gloss, ultra sanded smooth as a baby's butt finish. Carl Jacobson shows us an example- New Turning Items- Although not a new product, faceplate rings, can be very useful for saving time in not having to remove your chuck, mount the faceplate and then reversing the process later. These might just be something to add to your turning arsenal. Everything Else- For your enjoyment, Tim Yoder turns a reed diffuser. Not only lovely but smells good too! I had a little time in at the lathe this week and finished up the hollow vessel I was turning. I really had to scratch my head to come up with a reverse chucking method to finish off the bottom. The diameter of the vessel was too small for any of my previously made jigs. I made some add on jaws for the Easy Chuck "Big Easy Jaws". In the process, I almost pulled a major dumba$$ blunder. I had the wooden pieces mounted on the jaws in preparation for scooping out the area that would clamp around the vessel. Just before I snapped the first on in place, I realized that I hadn't made an access hole to allow the EWT tool to release the the jaws. I could have just unscrewed all of the bolts but having the access hole is a lot easier. Tape to protect the finish. Tail stock to secure the piece. The finished piece. The finial is made from an old ebony piano key and an ebonized piece of maple. Wipe on poly finish on everything. Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Safe turning
  5. Another week has come and gone but our Patriot turners haven't wasted any time in their shop! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Posted a video of an acrylic bowl that used shavings as a filler within the resin. The author makes a really pretty bowl. Watch the video from Ron's post- You may recall that @HandyDan made beautiful "Inside-out" ornaments. Dan took the time to document the process in a well thought out tutorial for us to follow. Many thanks, Dan! His entire tutorial is in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is scheduled to give a demo to the turning club in which he is a member. He decided he would show them how to make "Knitting Nancy". Steve posted his practice pieces and a video on how the devices worked. @Gerald is getting really good at the off-center chuck Santa brought him. He has added more picture to his last post showing what he has accomplished- Member @hawkeye10 posted a really great question about turning tool sizes. His question solicited more responses than just about any post we have had in quite a while! @Gerald continues to refine the offering plates he is designing. He shows us his latest idea in his post What’s Coming Up- Click on the above images for more details! For The Newbies- We have been looking at chucks lately and Mike Peace has been posting videos for the various manufacturers. In this video he reviews the Record Power SC3 chuck. Mike also received permission to reprint and post an article, from AAW, written by Richard Raffan. The article covers the various chuck jaws and their uses. Here is the link to Mike's article- https://drive.google.com/file/d/10L0tONhDk7tVscrrgXVbQLaZAoWEoGPx/view Expand Your Horizons- Many turners eventually get around to making pens. Several of our Patriot turners have posted their beautiful creations. One of the points of discussion about pen making is the finish. Captain Eddie Castelin has a pretty much foolproof method of applying a CA finish. Some folks like the CA finish, others don't but Capt. Eddie shows us how simple it is to apply. New Turning Items- The other week we mentioned the Inertia Sander. Woodturners Wonders has a really nice one that includes 2" and 3" sanding pads. All the details are at their site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/the-turner-turbo-wonder-inertia-sander Everything Else- @HandyDan sent me a link to a video of turning magic. You just have to watch this and marvel at the technique and skill- Our friends at Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of an episode from "Meet The Makers". We have seen this lady here before- Tracey Malady- She is a talented turner. To view the video, please click on this link-https://youtu.be/dyAR3iwG9-U I've been playing with a little hollow vessel turning. I'm pretty happy with the wall thickness- although it's difficult to really see in this picture- The red and white spots are light passing through the wood and a wormhole After I looked at the above 2 pictures, I didn't like the proportions of the bottom and the thickness (diameter ) on the concave section between the foot and the vase. I reduced the diameter of both and it looks a little less clunky. Now I am trying to decide if I part it as is (after sanding), make a small "lid" or add a lid with a finial. I'm also toying with the idea of removing the "foot" and recreating one with a different species but that might be too busy. Sometimes simple is better. I'm open for suggestions/opinions. Safe turning.
  6. Hope everyone is settling into the new year and you have had the chance to play with your new turning toys. Our Patriot Turners- Even though Christmas is over, @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments! Ron explained how he made this one in his post- @PostalTom gave us a heads up about a new online publication from the Woodworker's Journal. They have partnered with the American Association of Woodworkers for this new FREE publication! Click on the above image for more information and sign up for the publication! Last week I mentioned that I was working on some sanding improvements. @FlGatorwood added helpful comments about shop made inertia sanders. If you missed the ensuing conversation- "Capt. Eddie" has kits that include the magnetic ball bearing and a bronze sleeve available at his website. @Gerald posted a link he picked up from the AAW site. A lot of us have made spinning tops but these are extra special! Thanks, Gerald! I'm reposting it here- http://abctoupie.com/en/toupie-volante/ What’s Coming Up- If you are near Kansas City, MO this weekend, Check out the Easy Wood Tools demo with Brad McCalister! For The Newbies- A couple of information oriented videos- First, a short one about Scroll Chucks from Woodworker's Journal- Notice what a pain in the butt it is to change the jaws on the chuck in the video. Now if they had an Easy Wood Chuck ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ), the change can be made in seconds! And one from Mike Peace on tailstock maintenance- Expand Your Horizons- Drying bowl blanks can be a hit or miss proposition. Here is an article from Woodworker's Journal and Ernie Conover that offers several methods of bowl blank drying procedures. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/options-for-drying-green-bowl-blanks/ In addition to the methods listed, I recently saw where Carl Jacobson was using rice to dry a blank. He indicated it took about 2 months between the rough turn and the finish turn. New Turning Items- A lot of turners use CA as a finish for there pens and other items. Here's a new CA type product that may be a little better. This "glue" doesn't harden until the activator is applied. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/gluboost-adhesive-products/ Everything Else- A nice turning item that incorporates some extra skills. Mike Peace shows us how to turn a wooden pie server- Safe turning
  7. Cold and windy today, a great day to be at the lathe. Unfortunately computer repair calls kept that from happening! Our Patriot Turners- @DAB and @Woodbutcherbynight added some really nice additions to last week's "Wednesday's..." DAB posted a sweet cherry bowl- And Woodbutcherbynight is preparing a nice looking hand wheel for a project- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing for a demonstration he will be giving to the woodturning club to which he belongs. One of the turning items he will show is a "Knitting Nancy". Steve describes his preparation and topics in his post- @Gerald continues to keep us up-to-date with his new off-center lathe chuck. Gerald talks about which lathe tools seem to give the best results in his post- What’s Coming Up- Woodturners Wonders has posted their 2019 Symposium schedule- Click on the above image for the link to their site and products. For The Newbies- We recently posted a video about keeping the lathe Morse Tapers clean. Mike Peace added another video with more information concerning various accessories that can be used in conjunction with the Morse tapers Expand Your Horizons- I know that @Steve Krumanaker turns some bird houses and even creates tiny birds to occupy them. Recently Mr. David Reed Smith made available a tutorial for making his version- Mr. Smith's approach to any project is always unique. You can read the tutorial at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/Birds/Birds.html New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a new, small, air powered sander- Check out the details at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/pro-mini-variable-speed-random-orbital-sander Everything Else- Rick Turns has the December YouTube woodturning videos summarized- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived this past week. One of the articles had a simple little lathe project- The tutorial is here- http://www.stevefreemanonline.com/2017/01/tooth-pick-holder-shape-mushroom-wood-turning-projects-beginners/ The entire newsletter is at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I finished up a late Christmas present. It was the bowl I had been using as a test for the Wonder Weave sanding screens. It is finished with beeswax and mineral oil combination. I found that I need to make/buy better sanding devices for the inside of bowls. I have a 3" pad- but it doesn't do well on the inside of the bowls at the bottom corners. I've made some sanding balls (from Mr. David Reed Smith's tutorials) that use sandpaper but was thinking of something that I could test the Wonder Weave products. Need to think on it. Safe turning
  8. A brand new year! Now I have to remember to use 2019 when I write a check. Make sure you check the Raffle results to see if you were one of the winners!!! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald posted an update on his new off-center chuck- @DAB solved a problem we have all seen with those "leaky" salt and pepper grinders- He also included a how to in his post- @smitty10101 posted a question concerning how to safely turn a serving platter. His request spawned a great discussion that included some alternative procedures- @Woodbutcherbynight also asked a question about creating an adjustment wheel. Again, our turners came through with a lot of great ideas and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to the discussion- What’s Coming Up- https://schoolofwoodwork.com/events/introduction-to-wood-turning-with-rudy-lopez/ For The Newbies- Mike Peace posted a video that covers an often overlooked part of lathe maintenance- keeping the Morris Tapers clean. Mike shows various bought and shop made "tools" for this process- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a new 2 part video on creating all wood, captive ring goblets. Tim's approach is always entertaining and informative. Check out the Easy Wood Hollower and the Easy Wood Chuck ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) as Tim creates this gorgeous piece. Part 2 of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube page. New Turning Items- About a month ago, I purchased a variety of Wonder Weave from Woodturners Wonders. I wanted to compare these sanding sheets to the Abranet sheets I had been using. The sheets I purchased ranged from 60 grit to 400 grit. I also purchased a sample pack of 3" discs. I have had an opportunity to use these products and I am very pleased with the results. First, as you can see from the above images, these items have different colors for each grit and the backs are in light colored velcro. Both of these characteristic makes identification quick and easy. The Abranet products are almost all the same color and the backs are very dark making the printed grit identifiers very hard to read. Another thing I like about these products is that they are a little more flexible than the Abranet- especially the courser grits. This allows easier sanding of finer details on a turning. I think the flexibility comes from a different construction technique. The Abranet substrate looks similar to expanded metal screen then the abrasive is attached to the substrate- However the Wonder Weave substrate is more like long filaments with the abrasive attached- The Wonder Weave, like Abranet, doesn't load up like sandpaper and is easily cleaned with just a few taps to shake loose the dust. The Wonder Weave lasts as long, or longer, as the Abranet with the sanding I have done. I was buying Abranet from a sanding supplier near here. Their price is $8 - $9 for 10 sheets. The Wonder Weave is $4 for 8 sheets from Woodturners Wonders- a nice savings! Here's the bowl I've been using as a testing vehicle. The outside sanded to 600 grit. Each sanding consisted of sheet sanding with a grit then the same grit of sanding disc using an inertia sander. For the last pass, I went from 400 grit sheet/disc to 600 grit disc. The inside of the bowl has only been sanded with 60 grit at this point. I will be buying all my lathe sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders from here on. Give them a try and check out their other products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- If you haven't noticed, @John Morris has added a link to in the Woodturner's Forum that directs you to our forum's archives- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/5-wood-turning-archives/. A trip down memory lane! Carl Jacobson has tried yet another way to dry partially turned bowl blanks and he is having good success with it. Check out this video- it seems faster than shavings in a bag. Safe turning
  9. Well, I hope everyone is recuperating from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday and that you all got at least one thing you had on Santa's List. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker posted a couple of bowls he recently completed. As always, Steve's design, choice of woods and finishes are impeccable . Steve's post has more images and descriptions of what he has done. Please head on over there check out the post in its' entirety- A couple of weeks ago, @hawkeye10 asked us how he could hold work pieces to make legs for a small table. He finished up the legs (and table) and it is gorgeous. There is so much great woodworking going on in his project, you just have to check it out for yourself- Here's the complete post including images of the table build- What’s Coming Up- 111 W. General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363 Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Big shout out to @HandyDan for the heads up on this video from Ernie Conover. It's all about drilling on the lathe. In many instances this is faster, easier and more accurate than trying to drill with a drill press. Expand Your Horizons- Back in October, @Steve Krumanaker spent a week enjoying a woodturning class from Glenn Lucas. One of the important aspects Steve mentioned was the shape of a bowl. Here's a video discussing bowl shapes. Steve stressed the importance of pleasing bowl shapes. This video is more about reading the wood and the eventual bowl shape. New Turning Items- Not exactly new but the Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters are now available for all of the Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools). Craft Supplies USA has a short video demonstrating these cutters on man made materials. The finish is awesome! If your lathe doesn't have a built in indexing device, Mike Peace has a video illustrating how he built a really nice addition to his (or any) lathe. The index wheel (and a complete kit) is available from- https://www.chefwarekits.com/basket-weave-illusion-wood-burning-carving-tools/ez-index-wheel-steel-12in-dia-for-woodturning.html Everything Else- A two part video from Tim Yoder creating a hollow vessel, well sorta. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube site. Safe turning
  10. Thanks everyone for participating in the Christmas Raffle and helping us reach our goal. You folks are the best!!! Our Patriot Turners- @gerald has completed a gaggle of Christmas bell ornaments. All colors, shapes and sizes- Our turners had high praise for these awesome items- Check out the picture closely for a really neat idea for painters points. I'm gonna have to borrow this one! @HandyDan turned some "Inside-Out" vases. He also added metal inserts to make the vases functional as well as beautiful. Dan posted a nice tutorial on how he did these- @DAB used some more of his old pine beam to create a couple of sweet little bowls. The color of that pine is really nice. Check his post for his explanation and where these bowls will eventually find a home- @FlGatorwood shared a couple of images of his son doing some lathe work. I think we have another member for our turners forum! Check out his post- @John Morris posted a cool image, on Monday, in the "Good Monday Morning...." post. I'm guessing this was before OSHA- Check out the post at- What’s Coming Up- Week Long Turning Class with Mark Gardner at Florida School of Woodwork Florida School of Woodwork, 1609 N. Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602 Contact: Kate Swann kate@schoolofwoodwork.com 813-223-3490 For The Newbies- I don't enjoy reading but that's just me. I have books on turning but get more from the pictures than the written words. Picked this off of another site. I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK. Just offering it as a possibility. Click on the image for the link to Amazon.com Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently used the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) to create a hybrid lidded box. From the video, you can see how these new cutters leave a really smooth surface. New Turning Items- This is a continuation of a product that caught my eye in a Rick Turns video a while back. @Gerald was a very good boy this year. So good that Santa dropped of the offset turning jig early! Gerald talks a little about the jig in this post- Everything Else- Finished up most of the Christmas presents. My Mom has difficulty holding those slim, slippery plastic pens. We thought maybe a fatter, wooden pen might help. I bought a "Cigar Pen" kit from Woodcraft and turned it from (I think) Cocobolo. Made the business end a little fatter than the typical pen shape, sanded to 5000 and finished it with danish oil and wax. Safe turning
  11. OK, gang, the Bassett family needs to have a super Christmas this year. We are barely over half way to our goal for providing them with a Christmas to remember. Our site has pledged $1500 for the family so let's not make @John Morris have to give up all of his lunch money to make up the difference. Please see this post for more information- Our Patriot Turners- Member @DuckSoup gave us a heads up on a lathe chuck recall from PSI. Here is a link to the information about the recall- https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Penn-State-Industries-Recalls-Woodworking-Jaw-Chuck-Systems-Due-to-Laceration-Hazard Big thanks for the information! @hawkeye10 posted a question on how to hold a piece while turning. To me, this is a very frustrating part of lathe work. Some pieces seem to defy a good way to securely and safely hold the work. Please check out his post and offer up any suggestions you might have- In last week's "Wednesday's...", member @DAB posted a couple of fantastic segmented bowls he had turned- The color combinations really go nicely with the counter top! What’s Coming Up- Oregon Woodturning Symposium Linn County Expo Center 3700 Knox Butte Rd E Albany, Oregon 97322 United States 3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 More information can be found at their website- http://oregonwoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- New turners usually start turning "spindle" type object. It is a great way to learn to use the tools and the techniques of turning. When you want to explore other types of turnings, many try their hand at turning a bowl. Tim Yoder has a nice video on creating the basic bowl. Tim's videos are always interesting and informative. Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson creates a beautiful hollow "natural edge" christmas ornament. Notice his use of the Easy Wood Tools hollowing tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! New Turning Items- A couple of weeks ago, we featured a new hollowing system/tool from Tim Yoder. Tim has added a laser guide for that tool. More information is available at- http://wtwtim.com/elbotoolaccessories.htm Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his summary of woodturning videos for November- If you check out Rick's list, please leave a note thanking him for his hard work. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this past week. A timely project was turning a snowman. The tutorial can be downloaded at- http://www.dmwoodturners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/snowman_plans.pdf The entire newsletter is at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Life here has resembled a fusion of the Marx Brothers' movie "Monkey Business" and the W.C. Fields movie "It's a Gift". The only shop time I had was to replace the lathe drive belt- Old: New: I have a pen to turn for a Christmas present and I have yet to try the new Wonder Weave sandpaper. Maybe this coming week. Safe turning
  12. The Patriot's Wounded Warrior Christmas Raffle is on! There are some great prizes donated by our very generous sponsors. But the real winners are going to be the Bassett kids on Christmas morning. Please consider purchasing tickets and let's make this the best Christmas ever for the Bassett family. More information about the family and the raffle is in this post- Our Patriot Turners- The turning club that @Gerald belongs to is having a demo and sales event. Gerald build a test arena to provide the kids a testing place for the spinning tops. Nothing like hands on to boost sales! @HandyDan is hard at work making Christmas ornaments. You have to look really hard to realize these are not real electric lights! Dan describes his techniques in his post- @Ron Altier showed us another on of his beautiful ornaments. We know Ron turns a fair number of pieces but wait until you read his post and just where those pieces end up! @John Morris turned some ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree. According to John, this was a family collaboration- John describes his process in this post- What’s Coming Up- The American Association of Woodturners, 33rd Annual International Symposium, Raleigh, North Carolina, July 11-14, 2019 For more information and registration- http://The American Association of Woodturners 33rd Annual International Symposium Raleigh, North Carolina July 11-14, 2019 For The Newbies- In keeping with the Christmas theme, Tim Yoder has posted a simple, spindle turned bottle stopper. These would make nice gifts for friends and relatives. Tim uses a Ruth Niles stopper. If you have never used Ruth's products, you owe it to yourself to try the very best! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace added a continuing video to the ornament posted last week. In this video he demonstrates turning and adding a finial to the hollow sphere. Those of you that use carbide tools may be aware that Easy Wood Tools has recently added negative rake cutter to their line. These cutters can be used to replace the standard EWT cutter. The negative rake cutter was originally created to produce smoother cuts on acrylic casting. Turners have found the cutters work equally on hardwoods ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Tracey Malady posted a video demonstrating these new cutters New Turning Items- I saw these on the Ruth Niles site. They would make a great gift for the Espresso lover- More information at Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/coffee-tamper/ Everything Else- Last week, I mentioned an offset turning jig used in a Rick Turns video. Rick responded to my question about the jig. It is from Ron Brown. Rick provided the link to the product as well as a video of it in use. https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=63) I have been working on Christmas present and finished up the last 3 bowls/dishes today (5 in total). These are small flame box elder turnings finished with some Bumble Bee Butter (bee's wax and mineral oil). I heat the mixture until it becomes liquid, then apply and buff off. Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning
  13. Been cold and windy here for the past couple of day but at least it hasn't rained. Mimi is in full Christmas decorating mode so I have been making myself scarce. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN asked a question about scrapers and their use. He received several great comments. Please head on over to his post and see if you can add any more to the discussion- @HandyDan posted his "Ball Catch" toys. Dan turns these beautiful items as gifts for kids at the Akron Children's Hospital. Please give Dan your thanks for making sure their Christmas is a little brighter- What’s Coming Up- The American Association of Woodturners is having a symposium in Raleigh, NC, July 11-14, 2019. More information can be found here- https://www.woodturner.org/page/2019RaleighMain For The Newbies- As a new turner, one item that should be in your arsenal of tools is a Parting Tool. Our very generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) has a great one that never needs sharpening! Here's a video from Tracey Malady demonstrating the tool's versatility. This is a really great tool! Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace recently posted a video demonstrating turning a hollow globe Christmas ornament. During the demonstration, Mike shows many shop made hollowing tools- New Turning Items- Last week's "Wednesday..." mentioned a new hollowing tool system. Here is the link to the tool/information- http://wtwtim.com/elbotool.htm Rick Turns" added a video where he creates a bowl. What I had never seen before was the device he uses to do offset turning. In this video, you can see the device at about 10 minutes. I know Ruth Niles sells a small offset chuck but it is nothing like this one- Everything Else- For your enjoyment- Carl Jacobson turns a penguin! The kids next door decorated the "lamp post" and called us over to admire their work. I think she did a really awesome job- I'm really running late on Christmas present making. Got this bowl turned and sanded and another one partially turned. Some more of that flame box elder- Safe turning
  14. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a couple of gorgeous pieces. I particularly enjoyed this one- Steve discussed what he did in his post and shows us several views of each piece- @Gerald found a neat lamp that will work well for turners Gerald supplied the link, for the lamp, in his post. Check out the background of Gerald's images for his really great tool setup- I've never met Carl Jacobson but I do enjoy his videos and post some of them in the "Wednesday's..." turners forum. Our very generous sponsor, Woodcraft, has a nice write-up about a hybrid turning Carl made using Easy Wood Tools. I posted about it earlier this week- What’s Coming Up- If you live in near Tampa, Florida, the Florida School of Woodwork holds turning classes. You can check out a complete list of instructors, courses and prices at- https://schoolofwoodwork.com/ For The Newbies- Figuring out how to hold a piece for turning can be frustrating. Not every new turner has a nice new chuck to make life a little easier. Mike Peace posted a recent video on glue blocks. They are a very versatile and inexpensive. Although Mike uses a chuck to hold the glue block, an inexpensive wooden disk can be used instead. Here's one that doesn't require the chuck- The thicker block is threaded to match your headstock. It is made from scrap hardwood. The glue base is just pine. As the pine glue surface is worn away a new one can be glued in its' place. There is a small finish nail center on the lathe axis that assists in centering the turning piece to be glued to the pine. Expand Your Horizons- Last week I mentioned Sanding Paste. Mike Peace has added another video on this subject. This video explains how to make your own! It's really quite simple and expands on Mike's Beeswax/Mineral Oil finish. New Turning Items- Tim Yoder has a new Laser product for the turners who do hollow forms. He previews it in this video- Everything Else- Tim Yoder also has a two part video on turning an "inside-out" Christmas ornament- The kids next door are into the "Crafty Momma" thing. The Mrs. asked if I could help with her latest project. She wanted one of these- but when she priced out a newel post from the Borg she found it was way more expensive than she thought. Guess who came to the rescue- I cheated on the ladder rest. I had some dowel stock, but I did turn everything else. She will add the lamp. As with all respectable Crafty Mommas, this will be painted. Safe turning
  15. A lot of things happening here at the Patriot this week, so we'll get right to it! Our Patriot Turners- The Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree is going to be spectacular this year thanks to the talents of our turners. @Jim from Easy Wood Toolshas been keeping us up-to-date this the ornaments he has received from our members. The children of some of the employees decorated several of the ornaments they received- It looks like they really had an enjoyable time with this. Jim also showed us some of the other ornaments he received from The Patriot member @HandyDan The folks at Easy Wood Tools are putting up the tree on November 2 and Jim promised to post some images for us! If you haven't sent your ornaments, I'm sure it is not too late! Not only did @HandyDan help with the Easy Wood Tools tree, he went into production mode with his angels! Dan posted a really nice tutorial on how he made these beautiful little angels- Please checkout how he made them and some of the terrific comments he received. Ornaments were not the only turnings that were made. @RustyFN has been creating gorgeous apple wood bowls. The first one- And the second one- Head on over to his posts and see some of the great comments he got from our members. More bowls came from @DAB. That beautiful pine bowl has some interesting wood history. Read more in DAB's post- @PostalTom added to this week's bowl bonanza with this beauty- Tom used his Easy Wood Tools for this turning. In his post, he provides proof as to the sharpness of those EWT cutters! @Steve Krumanaker spent a week at the Marc Adam's Academy of Woodworking learning from Glen Lucas. Steve describes his experiences and some of the important takeaways from his week- While he was there, he started a bowl that he then finished, with "milk paint", when he returned home. Steve described the process in his post- "Just one more light pass" and then... We've all done it. Steve discusses what happened with this turning- For The Newbies- Continuing with the bowl theme, one of the problems we face when turning a bowl (or almost any turning) is grain tearout. Here is a video explaining what causes tearout and how to reduce/eliminate it. The video is by Lyle Jamieson- @hawkeye10 posted a question about Safe Drive Centers. Please see if you can offer any additional information and your experiences with this type of center- Expand Your Horizons- We are always looking for ways to speed up the drying process between the rough turn and the final turning. Carl Jacobson included a new to me method for drying in this video. My background/career in electronics should have led me to this idea a long time ago. Check out the use of the Easy Wood Tools, too! New Turning Items- I received an email from Woodturners Wonders featuring a new air powered random orbital sander. If you are in the market, it may be worth a look- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/random-orbital-sanders/products/pros-variable-speed-random-orbital-sander Everything Else- Safe turning
  16. Well... The Old Jail pen making project is in full swing! A very large box of pen making supplies arrived and was brought to the basement shop. We spent last Thursday evening gluing tubes into place. Didn't get all 100 glued up- even with the fans running, the fumes were getting to a toxic level. From this point, we split the work. The "boss" took this box back to his shop for trimming and turning. He doesn't have a sander so I lent him my barrel trimmer. After the glue dried (thick CA), I set up my sanding station and trimmed the blanks. Each blank set was numbered and a grain alignment mark placed on the outside when the blanks were originally cut. That number and alignment mark will be lost during the turning process. To keep everything in sets, and aligned, additional precautions need to be taken. The alignment marks are transferred to the edge and inside of the blanks. The number is added to the piece of tape that keeps each set together. The turning and sanding process is very straight forward. The pine is extremely soft so a light touch is required along with a sharp gouge. I ended up re-touching up the gouge about every third set of blanks. Used a diamond honing stick. Although the skew chisel left a smoother surface, it caused more tear out at the ends near the bushings. So I opted to do all of the turning with this gouge. Turned to shape- Looks pretty rough but the pine is so soft, sanding was a breeze! 100, 120, 150, and 180- while the lathe/blank was spinning. Then turned off the lathe and sanded with the grain using 180, 220, 320. The powered back up and sanded with Abralon pads 350, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 grits. Finally, burnishing with turning shavings while the lathe was spinning. This is what I had finished on Tuesday morning. Right now, I'm up to 30 sets turned and waiting on the CA to really harden on my last 18 sets. Once they are trimmed/turned/sanded it will be on to finishing. More next week! Safe Turning!!
  17. Still chilly here but tomorrow I'll spend inside riding herd on 20 tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders in Computer Tech- should be an exciting day! Remember there is still time to send ornaments to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools to help decorate the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! We've had a great response to Jim's request but I'm sure they would be grateful for more! Our Patriot Turners- Last week's "Wednesday's.." post got @DAB in the mood for turning. He made a sweet little bowl that will be a prize given to a member of the pistol club to which he belongs Here's a link back to last Wednesday's post for more pictures and some answers to DAB's questions- @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments. He shows us some of his latest creations in this post- Ron also posted an ornament that he felt was off center. If it was, none of us could see it- Check out the comments from his post to see what the other turners had to say- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools showed us some of the beautiful ornaments that @Gerald created for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree- Looks like the volunteers are going to have a ball finishing some of these! Thank You Gerald! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is becoming a master turner. He showed us this awesome bowl- Jim wasn't sure of the type of wood but we all agreed that "beautiful" was an apt description. Read more comments in Jim's post- @HARO50 posted an image of turning made from Ponga. Mother Nature certainly can create fantastic materials- Maybe we need @John Morris to add this to his Wiki- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathea_dealbata and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamaku @HandyDan showed us his lathe tools sharpening station. For more images and a description of its' use, check out his post- @PostalTom posted a question about gouges and how to tell the functions apart. He received several helpful suggestions. If you can provide him with some additional information, please go to his post and chime in- What’s Coming Up- The 2019 Florida Woodturning Symposium. February 8th – 10th, 2019 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- Turners save every scrap of material. You never know when that piece might come in handy. If the wood isn't dry, it could crack or split waiting on you to use it. Sam Angelo posted a video to help preserve and store those treasures- Expand Your Horizons- I don't intentionally do off center turnings.My lathe is mounted on a cabinet and off center work really shakes, rattles and rolls (thanks Big Joe Turner). Rick Turns makes a very nice bowl using the off center process- New Turning Items- A couple of new things this week. First, from Woodturners Wonders, a new LED lamp. It looks to be super bright, has a magnetic base and a flexible neck- More information and specs at their web site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lamps/products/quasar-our-new-led-magnetic-lamp With Christmas coming, we are all looking for gift ideas. Craft Supplies USA is offering a new line of ring inserts. You can find more about these items at- https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/58/7074/Artisan-Titanium-Comfort-Ring-Core?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=titanium&utm_campaign=18-oct-titanium-rings Safe turning
  18. From summer to winter in 3 days. You gotta love Pennsylvania weather! There's still time to get your ornaments into Easy Wood Tools and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! If you are making some basic ones that will need finished, they have volunteers waiting! Check out @John Morris's post for more details and where to send them- Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornament, or turners have been busy! @Ron Altier sent our friends at Easy Wood Tools these beauties- There was a bit of confusion as to the identity of the maker but it all got straightened out in the end- Ron also showed us a new type of design that did not require any turning- Check out his post in the General Woodworking forum- Last week Ron posted a thread on his "Inside-Out" ornament. Several of our turners added to the discussion by showing us some of their work and procedures. Here is the post again so you can catch up- Ornaments weren't the only thing happening here this week! @JohnM got himself a mighty fine new (used) lathe. He received lot's of comments about his purchase- John was not the only one getting new stuff. @RustyFN got a great deal on a new chuck and a bunch of jaws! @Cliff put his metal working lathe to work and redesigned his wood lathe dust collector system. Check out his post for additional information and the discussion from our members- @Steve Krumanaker turned one of the most beautiful maple bowls you will ever see. The grain in the wood is stunning. More images and our members compliments are here- @Ron Altier asked if any of our turners had ever worked with one of these pen kits- The discussion that followed ventured into the area of pressure pots and stabilization- @Gene Howe posted a link to a shop made jig for sharpening gouges. It is similar to the Wolverine jig. Here is the link, however, you'll have to copy and then paste it into your browser. Our site software won't paste it directly as a link- http://lumberjocks.com/projects/397921 What’s Coming Up- Virginia Woodturning Symposium Sponsored by the Virginia Woodturners, Inc. November 3 & 4, 2018, Expoland - Fishersville, VA http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/?utm_source=Regional+Event+Virginia+10+12++2018+&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email For The Newbies- I really appreciate @Gerald's suggestion for items in this new area. One f the first techniques for a new turner is making a spindle. Mastering this type of turning leads to all kinds of interesting projects- rolling pins, candle holders, salt/pepper devices, etc. Here is a 3 part video showing the various stages of creating a spindle that eventually becomes a spinning top- Of course there are many, many sources for learning to turn. Hands on instruction can't be beat. If there is a turning club in your area or a Woodcraft store, check them out! Expand Your Horizons- Last week I posted a video from the WyomingWoodturner on bowl embellishment. Here is one more from Sam Angelo showing the process in more detail- New Turning Items- Although I've never made one, canes are a popular item. If you are thinking about this as a project, you may find this item useful- More about this at there site- https://www.treelineusa.com/e-z-cane-handle-fastening-system.html Safe turning
  19. Praying for the folks in the Florida panhandle. I know we have at least a couple of our "family" members located near there. Hurricane Michael is doing a number in that area. Just a friendly reminder that @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is asking us to send him an ornament for the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree. More about this project can be found in @John Morris's post- Some of the ornaments all ready for the tree were posted by @Jim from Easy Wood Tools here- I've added some changes to the "Wednesday's..." format in an effort to appeal to more turners. Several of our turners are kind enough to add comments about the content and I really appreciate it. I just wonder if the material, I've been posting, is covering a broad enough spectrum. Any input is greatly appreciated and my skin is thick enough for serious criticism. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom is heading up the woodturners picnic, for the club, to which he belongs. Members make articles to be raffled off. Tom created several items using Easy Wood Tools. Looks like we have us a convert!! See more of what Tom made and his thoughts about his first "in charge" position- @Gerald gave us a glimpse of his workshop/lathe area. He certainly has an efficient setup and more than one of our turners drooled all over their keyboards as they posted their comments- @Ron Altier offered up another beautiful ornament. This walnut inside-out turning has has some special "body work"- Ron explains in his post- What’s Coming Up- Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. Check out their website for more information and a list of demonstrators- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc&llr=lgmecmkab&utm_campaign=regional&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Regional+Event+TAW+10+10+2018 For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video explaining the various calipers used in turning. He demonstrates their use and some handy setup jigs- Expand Your Horizons- The Wyomingwoodturner, Sam Angelo, created a two part video on embellishing a bowl. He uses a combination of texturing, gilt and paint. Part 2 is linked from his Youtube page- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a new sample pack of their "Wonderweave" sanding screen. This is similar to the Abranet sanding screen but considerably less expensive. These 6" discs are Hook & Loop Sanding Discs - Package of 25 discs, 5 each of 5 grits: 800, 1200, 1500, 2000, 3000 Wonder Weave Pro Net . Check their website for prices and other grits/sizes/shapes as well as a whole range of other turning supplies. Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his YouTube Turning Videos List for September- The October Woodturning OnLine newsletter is also available. One of the projects is a Halloween oriented ornament tutorial from Craft Supplies USA. The tutorial can be found at- http://blog.woodturnerscatalog.com/2012/10/turning-a-bat-house-ornament/ The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Safe turning
  20. October already but the weather is more like early September. At least it isn't raining! Please checkout @John Morris's announcement concerning the Easy Wood Tools ornaments. Let's all pitch in and help load up the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! You don't have to be the most experienced turner to create some neat items for their tree. Here's a couple of really easy spindle type items- Remember, you don't have to paint/decorate the turnings. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools told me they have volunteers who can do that. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools has been honing his hollowing skills. Check out this beauty- his first attempt! Jim posted his description here and received lots of positive feedback- @Ron Altier has created another gorgeous ornament. Ron always finds creative ways to embellish his turnings. He received lots of comments and Ron exposes his source for some of his materials- @RustyFN posted a fantastic seam ripper he made as a gift. Lots of interest in his technique and he answered questions about how he produced such an awesome finish- We had a couple of questions this week. @hawkeye10 asked about purchasing turning chisels. The group is pretty much split between the standard tools (gouges, etc.) and the newer carbide tools. Please head on over to Hawkeye's post and give him your insights and experiences. Hawkeye also posted images of his newly cleaned/restored lathe. It sure is a beauty- @Ron Altier asked about the cushioned micromesh sanding abrasives. Ron was curious about sanding speeds and what materials could be sanded with this product. Check his post and the responses. If you have any tips or hints that will help him, please give him the information- @Gerald posted two excellent videos on lathe maintenance. I know I need to do preventative maintenance more often. From The Internet- Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared a video from Tracey Malady. In this one, she turns a bowl with an internal rim. You get to see the EWT hollowing tools in action! On my old lathe, I had a honing wheel mounted to the "left" side of the headstock. It was really handy for honing tools during turning. Mike Peace demonstrates how to make one of these for sanding or honing- Tim Yoder put up a video about turning a pumpkin. I'm sharing it here not so much for the project but for Tim's concern for safety when turning large pieces. Everything Else- I did get to spend a little time at the lathe. I'm working on the last two ornaments to send to Jim Luley for the EWT Christmas tree. The first one is made from a piece of spalted maple. The "finials' are also maple but ebonized with india ink. The second one is from a blank I glued up a while back that was intended for salt/pepper grinders but that never happened. It's a combination of walnut, maple and cherry. I used a jig designed by Mr. David Reed Smith to create the balls. Everything was completely turned with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
  21. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! Well Pennsylvania has set another record- We have had only 4 days without measurable rain since July 1. Gimme a break!!! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornaments- @Ron Altier turned a beautiful blue and white colored plywood piece, although not without some problems- Ron describes what happened in his post and he received lots of feedback, too. @HandyDan is getting into the Christmas spirit with his gorgeous turned angel ornaments. He received lots of compliments and answered some questions, here- And, @Steve Krumanaker was super busy with his batch of awesome ornaments. And this is just a sampling of what Steve has done! Steve also explained his process for the finish on these, in his post- We've had a couple of questions this week from some of our members. @hawkeye10 is considering getting into turning. He asked our members what they would recommend. He received lots of comments. He is also eyeing a new-to-him lathe, from Craigslist and asked our members their thoughts on it. Head on over to his posts and help him out! @Bob Hodge posted a question in the finishing forum about turning and sandpaper grits. I am reposting it here in hopes our turners can chime in and give him some advice/help- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturning Symposium is in November- Click on the above image for additional information. Stuart Kent will be at the American Association of Woodturners in Raleigh, NC, November 2019. Click on the above image to go to Stuart's Facebook page for additional information. From The Internet- @Gerald Added a great video of an interview with Barry Todd and our good friend form Woodcraft, Frank Byers. If you watch the video, check out how Mr. Todd burnished a finial! I've been adding some short videos into the Woodturner's Tips section. So far , they have been from Mike Peace. If you see videos that offer tips on turning, please add them to the "Tips" section- don't forget to add tags to your entry! Everything Else- With all the rain, I've had a little time to play at the lathe making ornaments for @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. One of the shapes I could never master is a sphere. I know the mechanics and the math but what comes off of the lathe could never be considered round! I did't want to spend the $$ purchasing a jig that would only be used occasionally. One turner/"inventor" I really enjoy following is Mr. David Reed Smith. Checking his site, I found a technique for turning spheres using a shop made jig. The jig uses a shadow to check the turning progress. It consists of an adjustable platform sliding in a dovetail on a fixed base. The platform is secured with a screw that pulls the dovetail tight. I used a fender washer to prevent the screw from gouging the base. The fixed base is held on the lathe ways with magnets. The platform holds the "pattern". And the shadow is created by an Ikea LED lamp suspended over the turning. An alignment post is used to help position the lamp at the correct location. The blank is turned while watching the shadow on the pattern. The setup looks like- Harbor Freight has a small LED flashlight on sale. I'm trying to figure out how to use their magnetic base/arm to replace the Ikea suspended lamp. I think I'll need to get some metric tap and die stuff. If you are interested in Mr. Smith's jig, here is the web page with the instructions on making it- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/ShadowSphereJig/ShadowSphereJig.htm Safe turning
  22. The sun has finally returned and the humidity is a little lower. More like fall. Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! These are a couple I've started. Got ideas from the list I mentioned above. These are maple and intended to be painted- Our Patriot Turners- One of our newer members, @JohnM posted a question about purchasing a lathe. Somehow I missed his post until today. I know he would appreciate hearing from those of you who might have experience with the particular lathes he is considering. Please head over to his question and see if you can offer any advice- @Gerald is getting a head start on his Christmas ornaments! He has been discussing design considerations with his Mrs. See what our other turners had to say about these beauties- @Steve Krumanaker posted some images of really cool turnings that used magnets to create awesome illusions- Check out Steve's post for more images/designs and comments about his efforts- Member @Bob Hodge Asked our turners for hints on how to address tearout. Bob turned a beautiful apple wood bowl but he wasn't pleased with some of the surface areas. Several of our turners offered ideas- @Ron Altier posted a picture of a specialized rolling pin/cutter. The "noodle cutter" looks deceptively easy to make. But, having tried this in the past, I can assure you there are pitfalls. The cutters must have sharp points and all be exactly the same height and no ragged edges. I think the best tool for this might be the new Easy Wood Tools Micro Detailer. From The Internet- Always a favorite, Tim Yoder posted a nice video of making a bottle opener using the new item from Ruth Niles. Many of us use Ruth's bottle stopper hardware because we know it's the best on the market. If you haven't seen her products, here is a link to her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ . Tim uses his Easy Wood Tools to turn the wooden portion of the opener. He discusses his method of finishing. For the second time this week, I've noticed folks using Yorkshire Grit (thanks Jim Luley for the first time). It looks like the only US distributor for this fantastic finish is http://www.thewalnutlog.com/. Gonna order some tomorrow! It's kind of a morbid subject but Mike Peace has a two part video on turning a cremation urn. The second part is linked from his video. I've made pet urns but they were flat work to match the design of other builds. Everything Else- Safe turning
  23. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks living in the path of hurricane Florence. Stay safe and follow the advice of the officials. We need you back here. PATRIOT TURNERS!!!!!! I have had a request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools . Our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, places a Christmas tree in their office lobby. It gets decorated with turned ornaments from their turning friends. Jim asked if the Patriot Turners could create some ornaments to help in filling up the tree. These do not need to be fancy or exotic woods. The ornaments will be painted/finished by young ladies who have volunteered to help. Snowmen/ladies, tiny Christmas trees, birds, baubles, whatever comes to mind. Your ornaments will be in good company with others from turners all over. I'm in for this and I hope you will be, too. You can send your ornaments to: Jim Luley Easy Wood Tools 1365 Cahill Drive Lexington, KY 40504 If you have any questions, let me know! Let's cover that tree!! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created another beautiful ornament from colored plywood. Ron explains his process in this thread- From The Internet- Mike Peace has been posting a few short videos primarily aimed at helping the newer wood turner. One recently was on the use of dividers when turning. I found two interesting videos on bowl turning. Not so much on how to turn them but more about the end results. Most of us have been indoctrinated into the idea that the bowl blank must be dry- either at the start of the turning or at least at the time the bowl will be finished. Mike Peace demonstrates the beauty of allowing mother nature to have a hand in the process by turning a bowl start to finish with green wood. As the bowl eventually dries it will warp into shapes we can embrace. Another idea on bowl finishing is by Rick Turns. Rick uses gilding to enhance a design. As he works, Rick shows us some of the things that can go wrong. Now just for the sheer enjoyment of seeing something turned that you would probably never expect- Everything Else- In keeping with the bowl theme that we have going, I did get to finish a little flame box elder bowl I started a while back. The bowl was turned rough and then I needed to start a different project so I painted on a layer of old TiteBond II. The blank didn't warp or crack. I think the TiteBond II sealing is the way to go. The little bowl still needs a protective finish. It's about 6 inches in diameter and about 2 inches tall. Safe turning
  24. Summer continues to hang on here in south central PA. Heat indices over 100. Very humid. Just a reminder, if you haven't entered the Patriot Raffel, the closing date has been moved up to September 15- just 10 days away. We are a little short of our goal and could use your help. To get your tickets, click this link- https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/7976-The-Patriot-Woodworker-2018-Community-Fundraiser/ Our Patriot Turners- I need to apologize to @RustyFN, He posted a beautiful bowl a couple of weeks ago and somehow I missed it. The bowl was turned from apple and has some gorgeous grain. Rusty tells us more about the history of the wood, in his post- @Ron Altier showed us a really nice vase for holding knitting needles. Ron's wife is an awesome "needleler". Ron explains the blank construction in his post- Ron also started a thread about finding the center of a blank and how other turners accomplish this. He eventually settles on a shop made jig. Check out what our turners use for center finding as they responded to Ron's request- @Steve Krumanaker has already started on his Christmas Ornaments and they are gorgeous. Steve explains his technique for coloring these beauties in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 31st Annual Woodturning Symposium January 25th and 26th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN. You can get more information from- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lgmecmkab&oeidk=a07efkgsokx87d387cc From The Internet- Sometimes we just get careless- @HandyDan sent me this video link. He must have remembered I have a love/hate relationship with the skew chisel. This video has a super explanation/demonstration of rolling a bead using the skew. Last week I shared a Mike Peace video using the jam chuck. In that video, he was mounting a canister he turned. Mike posted a set of videos on that cannister project- Rick Turns shared his August YouTube woodturning video list- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived this week. As always there is plenty of great information. There is a particularly interesting article on pierced turnings by Gord Langer. He explains the process and provides sources for tools. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs030/1103251462235/archive/1109613985933.html The entire newsletter and more projects can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Everything Else- Last week I mentioned I turned a small finial. @HandyDan showed us what small really is! Awesome turning, Dan! I finally got the finish on that little turning. The bottom is manzanita, the domed lid is a piece of very old spalted maple from Lexington VA and the finial is hard maple ebonized with India ink. Turned entirely with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Safe turning and wear that face shield
  25. Been really hot here in south central PA the last couple of days. I did spend a little time at the DCNR range nestled in the Michaux state forest. It was cooler among the trees. Don't forget about our site raffle! Coming to an end soon. Get your tickets for some most excellent prizes Our Patriot Turners- A new Patriot member and turner @Big B (Brian) posted some of his absolutely gorgeous turnings. Please head over to his gallery posts and see some more of his beautiful work- @Ron Altier has turned a couple new ornaments Here are his posts an these two beauties. He received lots of feedback on them. Ron also posted a great tip in the Woodturner's Forum about using steel wool on the lathe. He generated a lot of comments with this tip- @Gerald showed us a gorgeous oak burl, natural edge bowl he just turned. He explains how he finished up the shape of it in his post- From The Internet- Continuing with the natural edge bowl idea, I came across this article by Australian turner Richard Raffan. The link is to a written tutorial- http://www.woodreview.com.au/how-to/turning-live-edge-bowls Mike Peace recently put up a video on making and using a jam chuck. I've always worried that jam chucks couldn't hold the work very well. Mike certainly dispelled that thought- Over the years, I've made a few segmented turnings. Just sort of winged it as far as size, shape, etc. Here is a site that provides calculations for making those segments. There's other stuff there, too. http://denswoodturning.co.uk/segmentcalculator.php Everything Else- I'm still working on a little manzanita turning. I needed to create a dome lid and found a nice piece of spalted maple that will work. I also wanted to have a finial. A piece of hard maple turned and ebonized with india ink should do it. Starting the lid- Creating the finial- Ebonized- The entire piece has been turned using Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). Their new mid sized micro detailer was perfect for turning the finial! Safe turning

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